The book of Nehemiah does not end well. Israel made promises to walk in obedience to God’s commands. As soon as Nehemiah leaves Jerusalem to return to his role as cupbearer for the king, Israel returns to its sin. The priests profane the temple. They ignore the laws for marriage. And they disregard the Sabbath. Upon his return, Nehemiah sees all this and restores order. He puts trustworthy men in place to keep Israel from repeating the same sins that sent them to exile.
Nehemiah had a heart for the Lord and for his fellow man. He used his position to turn people to the Lord and keep them from sin. But, unfortunately, righteousness cannot be legislated. Wicked hearts will always find opportunities to turn from God. But, Nehemiah was faithful in his work and did his best to point people to the Lord and away from their sin. That is the same work we need to do, but by pointing people to the God who can change hearts so they can walk in obedience.
Are you walking in faithfulness to the Lord’s commands?